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On Thursday the Epworth Boy Scouts troop was reviewed at headquarters (Chapel Street) by Phipps Foster of Lea Hall, Gainsborough, Commissioner for the district.

There was a fair muster but many of the scouts were unable to be present so that the Commissioner unfortunately did not see the full troop. Displays were given of military and physical drill, semaphore, signalling drill and ambulance work and then Mr Foster saw the scouts at play - boxing, wrestling and exercising on the horizontal bar.

Under Mr West the troop has made admirable progress in ambulance work and the smart way in which the section dealt with a ‘broken thigh’ and a ‘badly cracked head’, setting the former and bandaging the latter, afterwards stretchering the patient, delighted the Commissioner.

75 YEARS AGO

February 26, 1937

At a parish meeting held on Monday at West Butterwick it was decided to include in the arrangements for the celebration of the Coronation the provision of a tea for all residents and sports for children, who are also to receive mementoes. Subscriptions will be solicited.

50 YEARS AGO

March 2, 1962

A hundred and sixty gift envelopes decorating an organmental tree in the Methodist chapel at Graizelound reached so high in the branches when a re-opening service was held there last Thursday that the Rev Roy Freeman had to leave the pulpit and use his height to help Mrs N Pilkington to perform her duty of stripping the tree. In sums varying from a shilling to £5, the gifts totalled £124 - a staggeringly successful result.

The little place of worship has been closed while a full interior re-decoration was carried out. Mr G Hurst presided and as the gift envelopes were opened Mrs E Hunter read the messages sent with them.

The superintendent minister of the Epworth and Crowle circuit, the Rev G Fish was among those attending and the programme was contributed by Miss Elizabeth Schofield of Haxey and Miss Elizabeth Jackson of Westwoodside, elocutionists, and Mrs M Smith (Burnham) and Mr Peter Temperton (Wroot) as soloists.

25 YEARS AGO

February 27, 1987

The distribution of a free one pound of butter for each eligible person from the EEC ‘butter mountain’ commenced last week.

An initial supply for the senior citizens of the Isle of Axholme and Glanford Borough has been ordered and should be available for collection from a depot in Nottingham within the next two weeks. The Isle of Axholme butter will be distributed from Crowle, while the butter for Glanford will be distributed from Brigg. A local co-ordinator has been appointed for each village to organise a small team of volunteer helpers, a centre for distribution and local publicity.

The butter will be distributed very shortly - within the next two weeks. Volunteers are needed to man the distribution centres and also to deliver the butter to the housebound. Helpers should contact Graham Ball in the first instance.